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DIY Princess Plaque Wall Hanging - Paper Dolls and Pearls - a Project Demo

Updated on September 10, 2014
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Little ladies love Disney Princess décor.

I love Princess stuffs! I don't like how expensive it's all getting.This article will provide instructions for making one's own DIY Princess Plaques. The process can be easily applied to any character or theme wanted. From Dora the Explorer to Sponge Bob Square Pants, it will work.

The directions apply to boy themed sets, too. I, being a girl, tend to do girly displays. Sorry, guys. Just imagine the Hulk in place of Snow White surrounded by shattered rocks instead of pearls and you've got it.

This princess thing all began with a phone call.

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Paper dolls party with paint and pearls to make this cute wall hanging.

I spent more time cutting out the dolls an dresses than anything else.

To connect the three princess plaques, I used a ribbon shoelace. The plaques were spaced apart face down and the shoelace glued to the backs.

At the top, it's just looped over and glued back onto itself to make a loop. Voila, instant hanger.

The princess population is growing.

Back in the day, we had Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. That was about it. My, my how the princess population has grown.

How do I make this?

For detailed instructions, simply go through the photo gallery. The instructions for each picture are located at the bottom of it.

How to make the Princess Plaque wall hanging

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Needed: Unfinished wood plaques, paper dolls, scissors, glue, Mod Podge, fake string of pearls, glitter nail polish, glitter, glue gun, ribbon.Sometimes the stickers don't want to come up good. Any sticky left on the wood will mess up your project. Use Goof Off to wipe down your plaques.Paint plaques. I mixed a dark purple with a lot of white here to get this lavender that seems to photograph pink.Let them dry and apply a second coat. Apply Mod Podge to all when they are dry.Cut out the paper dolls and the clothing of your choice.When you get it cut out the way you want, glue down to the plaques.The belt is ribbon and a gem stud.Her collar is purple glitter nail polish.Be sure to apply Mod Podge to the back of the dresses where they hang down past the plaque edges or trim them to fit.I like how the dresses look hanging lower than the bottom of the plaque. Blue glitter nail polish did her shoes.I didn't like Snow's white collar here. So, a pink marker fixed it right up.I used a rope of faux pearl Christmas beads for the trim around the plaques. Just snip it to fit and glue down.
Needed: Unfinished wood plaques, paper dolls, scissors, glue, Mod Podge, fake string of pearls, glitter nail polish, glitter, glue gun, ribbon.
Needed: Unfinished wood plaques, paper dolls, scissors, glue, Mod Podge, fake string of pearls, glitter nail polish, glitter, glue gun, ribbon. | Source
Sometimes the stickers don't want to come up good. Any sticky left on the wood will mess up your project. Use Goof Off to wipe down your plaques.
Sometimes the stickers don't want to come up good. Any sticky left on the wood will mess up your project. Use Goof Off to wipe down your plaques. | Source
Paint plaques. I mixed a dark purple with a lot of white here to get this lavender that seems to photograph pink.
Paint plaques. I mixed a dark purple with a lot of white here to get this lavender that seems to photograph pink. | Source
Let them dry and apply a second coat. Apply Mod Podge to all when they are dry.
Let them dry and apply a second coat. Apply Mod Podge to all when they are dry. | Source
Cut out the paper dolls and the clothing of your choice.
Cut out the paper dolls and the clothing of your choice. | Source
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When you get it cut out the way you want, glue down to the plaques.
When you get it cut out the way you want, glue down to the plaques. | Source
The belt is ribbon and a gem stud.
The belt is ribbon and a gem stud. | Source
Her collar is purple glitter nail polish.
Her collar is purple glitter nail polish. | Source
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Be sure to apply Mod Podge to the back of the dresses where they hang down past the plaque edges or trim them to fit.
Be sure to apply Mod Podge to the back of the dresses where they hang down past the plaque edges or trim them to fit. | Source
I like how the dresses look hanging lower than the bottom of the plaque. Blue glitter nail polish did her shoes.
I like how the dresses look hanging lower than the bottom of the plaque. Blue glitter nail polish did her shoes. | Source
I didn't like Snow's white collar here. So, a pink marker fixed it right up.
I didn't like Snow's white collar here. So, a pink marker fixed it right up. | Source
I used a rope of faux pearl Christmas beads for the trim around the plaques. Just snip it to fit and glue down.
I used a rope of faux pearl Christmas beads for the trim around the plaques. Just snip it to fit and glue down. | Source

DIY paper doll plaque with pearl trim

diy plaque from paper doll
diy plaque from paper doll

A phone call prompted the plaques.

An old friend recently quit her job to stay at home with the kids. Day care is so expensive, it actually saved her family money for her to quit her job. How sad is that?

Her girls, she has four, love all the Disney Princesses. Peggy wanted to redo the girl's rooms with some Princess décor.

After her combing the malls and net, it became quickly clear that the budget just did not allow for a makeover for both of the rooms shared by the girls. So, after chatting about this on the phone, here's what was decided.

What to do? Make it ourselves! Well, mostly herself. Peggy sprung for new bed spreads and curtains. She's doing the rest herself, with a little help from her friends. I love those girls too, so here's my contribution. It's going in the hall between their rooms. For Christmas, I'll have each a Princess jewelry box whipped up.

All girls dream of being a princess, sometimes.

A girl's princess plaque craft project
A girl's princess plaque craft project
DIY Cinderella plaque
DIY Cinderella plaque

Frugal Alert -

If you find yourself needing multiple awards, ribbons, trophies or other type of event acknowledgment, consider plaques.

When I was in college, back in the dinosaur ages, I was in charge of supplying the plaques for winners in a fund raising car show our Phi Theta Kappa chapter held. We had like virtually no money for supplies. A friend and I ended up making 25 plaques from plain, square cut, wood scraps.

We printed out an antique car and fancied it up a bit with some graphics, made 25 color copies of the fished image and did the decoupage thing. The participants loved them!

The same ideas could of course be applied to any theme or design scheme imaginable.

Princess plaque project for girls
Princess plaque project for girls

Disney wall art:

If you're looking for something any little girl will love, you can't go wrong with a Disney princess. If you don't have the time or desire to make one of your own, check these out.

Disney Princess Wall Art - Princess Print Art Frame (1pc) Assorted
Disney Princess Wall Art - Princess Print Art Frame (1pc) Assorted

Surround her in her favorite characters.

Being a large set, you could easily do up her whole room. Alternatively, you could split up the set giving multiple gifts to more little girls.

Children surely don't stay that way for long. Let them live in the joy and fantasy as long as you can by surrounding them in age appropriate things they enjoy.

 

Paper dolls have been around about as long as paper. Well, not exactly.

The first papers came from the Papyrus plant thousands of years ago. It wasn't exactly a common household object like it is today.

But, it didn't take too many centuries for the average Joe to start using it on a regular basis. Children have been playing with paper for centuries too. Every country in the world has kids that make toys. It's nothing new.

DIY Cinderella plaque

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Consider DIY.

No one wants bare walls and that goes double for kids. For older children, this would be a great project to do themselves. It's also a good project for them to do for gift giving.

Some things we just never outgrow. I never out grew my love of fairy tales and princess stories. How about you? Bring some of whatever they love into a child's life and their room and why not your own while your at it?

© 2013 Rhonda Lytle

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you! i hope you are doing well. God bless and may all your dreams come true.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Another great craft idea, poetvix!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Torrs13: Give it a go. It's fun :) God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Stuwaha: Oh, sci-fi for a nursery? Love it! Very cool. I think things meant more to us in times past when most household objects were DIY. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you :). That's the sweetest. God bless and most happy squidding!

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      I think DIY home décor is great! I really need to bring out the creative side of myself and try some of these cool projects.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      DIY is a great creative experience. When I decided I wanted a gender neutral sci-fi themed nursery it didn't come out of a box :)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I love that you are making something so special for Peggy's girls. How could they not be thrilled?

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @steadytracker lm: Thank you! The fair has been a ton of fun and so full of unique items, just like a real fair without the noise and parking issues. Too cool.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @favored: Thank you :). Your comment made my day. I try to use really common things for kids crafts because I've seen so many miss out on doing things because they don't have the materials needed. God bless.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for entering this lens into the 2013 Squidoo County Fair

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      What a great idea. This could work for so many things using your own photos. I like how you used ordinary items to make something unique. Well done.